February 02, 2009
Quiet luxury—what else?—was the talking point at Bottega Veneta, where the color palette was all muted wines and shades of brown and gray and the silhouettes were mostly easy and off-the-body, but the fabrications were as rich as ever. A caban coat came in quilted napa leather so soft and weightless it practically floated, while an angora tweed dress achieved the near impossible feat of looking chic and feeling as cozy as your favorite old cardigan at the same time. The new Tornabuoni bags add a literal twist to the label's signature woven intrecciato treatment, giving them an interesting 3-D texture. In times like these, a tote like that unequivocally says my credit's still good.